Wonderful speaking to @AmericanIdol contestants. Stay true to yourself & you'll go far. http://t.co/0vGi91DP4P #ArethaOnIdol #ArethaSings
Bey and husband Jay were performing in Franklin's hometown, Detroit
When word spread the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin was "gravely ill", the music world came out in its droves to wish her well. Now superstar couple Jay Z and Beyoncé have dedicated their latest concert to 76-year-old Aretha.
Beyonce and Jay Z are in the middle of their second joint tour
Franklin has been cited by many as one of the women who paved the way for Beyoncé's style including her gospel-inspired singing and powerful lyrics about women around the world.
Continue reading: Beyonce Dedicates On The Run II Concert To Ailing Aretha Franklin
Her family surround her as she is reported to be 'gravely ill'.
No-one can live forever, but some people's legacies are set in stone. Aretha Franklin is thought to be living her final days on this Earth, though her loving family are staying by her bedside to see her off. The news was revealed yesterday, though it remains unclear exactly what is putting her life at risk.
Aretha Franklin at the Billboard Women in Music Luncheon
The 76-year-old soul legend is thought to be extremely ill back home in Detroit after a lifetime of battling health issues and serious illnesses. Fans can take comfort in the fact that she is currently 'surrounded by family and people close to her', but reports are not looking good for her.
Continue reading: Aretha Franklin Could Be Fighting Her Final Health Battle
Rag 'n' Bone Man - real name Rory Graham - was shocked that he got a phone call from Elton John, who told him he loved his music.
Rag 'n' Bone Man was shocked when Elton John told him he liked his music.
The 'Human' singer was amazed when he received a call from the 'I'm Still Standing' hitmaker - who he dubbed ''one of the best songwriters of all time'' - to praise his songs.
He said: ''He called me up on the phone, he's Elton John, he can get anyone's number.
Continue reading: Rag 'n' Bone Man Surprised By Elton John Phone Call
Aretha Franklin is to retire from the vast majority of all her music activities after she records one more album with Stevie Wonder.
Soul legend Aretha Franklin has announced her intention to retire from making music in order to spend more time with her family and grandchildren – but only after recording one final album in collaboration with fellow icon Stevie Wonder.
The 74 year old, dubbed The Queen of Soul, whose immense singing career spans seven decades, told Detroit TV station WDIV Local 4 on Thursday (February 9th) that she was planning to retire from the vast majority of her activities in order to spend more time with her family, saying she was “exuberant” about the decision.
She has been performing since the age of 19, and kept up a prolific recording and touring schedule right up until 2010, when she put her career on hold following abdominal surgery.
Continue reading: Aretha Franklin, The Queen Of Soul, To Retire From Music
The documentary about her 1972 live album of the same name had been due to get its premiere at the Telluride Film Festival.
Aretha Franklin was awarded a last-minute injunction to prevent the premiere of the documentary movie Amazing Grace at the Telluride Film Festival last night. Organisers of the festival alerted attendees, just a matter of hours before it was due to screen, that “a Colorado judge has granted the injunction to block the screening.”
The Sydney Pollack-produced documentary, which looked at the recording of Franklin’s 1972 live album Amazing Grace at the Los Angeles' New Temple Missionary Baptist Church – which became the highest-selling gospel album of all time and the most successful of Franklin’s career – was one of the most anticipated movies of the festival.
Aretha Franklin at the premiere of 'Selma' in 2014
The New York premiere of 'Selma' took place at the Ziegfeld Theatre. The red carpet in New York was graced by the likes of Aretha Franklin, and American actor, director and screen/playwright, Tyler Perry.
Legends from Sharon Osbourne to Aretha Franklin were spotted at the 2014 Billboard Women in Music Luncheon held at Cipriani Wall Street in New York. Sharon posed alongside Universal Music Group executive vice president Michele Anthony, whose side she refused to leave even when photographers insisted on a solo shot.
The American songstress has released her first single, a cover of Adele's Rolling in the Deep, from her latest album, Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics
Known as one of music’s great divas herself, Aretha Franklin’s newest album of covers puts diva on top of diva as the Queen of Soul tackles some of music’s biggest tunes, starting with a version of Adele’s Rolling in the Deep. The album, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics, is due out on 21 October and includes a number of well-known melodic masterpieces from Etta James, Gladys Knight and The Pips, Alicia Keys and The Supremes amongst others.
Aretha Franklin is one of music's greatest soul singers
While 26-year-old Adele may seem particularly young within the company of greats such as Chaka Khan and Gloria Gaynor, many fans are excited about the cover, which went live on Monday.
Continue reading: Aretha Puts Diva On Top Of Diva
With Motown being revived in the form of a Broadway show, we explore the vibrant music scene of Detroit.
The 72 year-old legend has spoken out about her run-in with a very rude fast food employee.
Legendary singer Aretha Franklin has publically scolded an employee at Johnny Rockets, a Canadian fast food franchise, for being disrespectful. The accused waitress reportedly "screamed" at Franklin for attempting to eat her takeout inside the Niagara Falls restaurant.
Franklin was shocked by the waitress' attitude
The 72 year-old stopped by the fast food joint on Tuesday evening (July 22nd) after performing a sold-out show in Lewiston, N.Y., when the confrontation took place.
Rude servers - a proud tradition of the fast food industry.
Who could even have the nerve to treat Aretha Franklin without R-E-S-P-E-C-T? A Johnny Rockets server in Niagara Falls, Ontario, apparently. After an apology for the shameless use of that reference, here’s the rundown of exactly what happened.
This is not how you treat the queen of soul. Or anyone else, for that matter.
According to USA Today, Mrs Franklin had just finished performing a sold out show on Tuesday, when she decided to stop at the chain establishment for a burger. All was going relatively well, until she wanted to stay in and eat her food. This was when a server reportedly started yelling at the soul icon that she couldn’t eat her burger in, because she had ordered it “to go”. This sounds sharply, uncomfortably familiar to at least a few readers already.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum announced today (18th July) it will be exhibiting a number of Beyoncé's famous outfits from such videos as 'Single Ladies' and from her appearances at events like the 2013 Super Bowl.
Beyoncé's fabulous collection of stage outfits in addition to some of her red carpet looks will be the focus of a new exhibition hosted at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum.
Beyonce's 'Single Ladies' outfit has been immortalised at Madame Tussauds.
Continue reading: Beyoncé "Honoured & Humbled" By Hall Of Fame Exhibition
Aretha Franklin - The BET Honors 2014 Hosted by Wayne Brady Honoring Aretha Franklin, Berry Gordy, Ice Cube, Ken Chenault and Carrie Mae Weems Held at Warner Theater, Washington DC - Washington DC, Maryland, United States - Saturday 8th February 2014
When Rick Hall opened up his record studio FAME Studios in the small town of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, it became something of a rock 'n' roll myth when some of the finest music ever written began to pour out of it. Hits from the likes of Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Percy Sledge, Wilson Pickett and Otis Redding became international, and Hall even managed blur the distinction between white and black a little as his all-white session group, The Swampers, became deeply respected among the funk and soul artists. After the session group separated themselves from Hall, some of them set up their own studio, the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, and became the Muscle Shoals Sound Rhythm Section. From here, musicians began to shine their brightest as The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Willie Nelson, Paul Simon and Bob Dylan all left that town as legends as if enchanted by the beauty of Muscle Shoals.
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Franklin has taken similarly mysterious leaves before.
Soul legend Aretha Franklin has cancelled a Michigan show due to an ongoing medical treatment. According to Reuters, Franklin issued an open letter of apology to her fans, explaining that there was a “miscalculation” with the duration of her treatment and that it would be counterproductive to discontinue the procedures in favor of her scheduled shows. Franklin and her reps have refused to explain the nature of the singer’s ailments, however. The statement reassures fans that Aretha plans to get back into performing as soon as she has completed the full course of treatments.
Franklin performed a string of concerts earlier this year.
“It would be totally disruptive to stop them now and go into concert with total success right at the door,” Franklin explained in the statement.
Continue reading: Undisclosed Illness Causes Aretha Franklin To Cancel Michigan Show
The celebrated American singer Bobby Bland, who is credited with defining the sound of modern blues, has passed away at age 83 after health complications.
The 'Turn On Your Love Light' star, also known as Bobby "Blues" Bland and "The Lion of the Blues", was extremely influential in the blues genre, establishing a unique sound that incorporating gospel-influenced singing into blues and R&B. Robert Calvin Bland was born in 1930 in Rosemark, Tennessee, and later moved to Memphis where he would join gospel groups and frequent Beale Street with its reputation for blues clubs. His career as a singer was temporarily put on hold after serving a stint in the US army, but he fell back into the music scene upon his return. He hit his No.1 spot on the R&B charts with his 1957 single 'Further On Up The Road' and continued to feature in the charts in the late fifties and sixties. He emerged as a unique blues singer with a characteristic vocal style, described by biographers as a "supple, confidential, soul-blues delivery" that would become known as a "chicken-bone sound", characterised by "guttural growls and snorts" whilst retaining a "smooth as velvet quality."
Listen To Blues Legend Bobby Bland Performing St James Infirmary:
Continue reading: R.I.P Bobby Bland: "The Lion Of The Blues" Singer Dies Aged 83
Aretha Franklin may or may not have known the results, but she made things pretty awkward anyhow.
Err, shooting into first place for the most awkward piece of television for 2013, it's Aretha Franklin telling everyone who won American Idolseason twelve before the result was officially announced! Appearing via satellite from New York for the season finale of Idol - which pitted Kree Harrison versus Candice Glover - Franklin appeared to spoil the result, saying, "Candice, you're a winner," from a huge screen in the Nokia Theater.
The audience were confused - had Aretha just told everyone who had won? Candice fans cheered, Kree fans fell silent. After an excruciating pause, the Queen of Soul added, "Win or lose - you're a winner," - which makes absolutely no sense to anyone.
The whole car-crash led host Ryan Seacrest to nervously ask Franklin whether she had the results. "I do," Franklin answered, "but I won't tell you." But she did tell everyone. She told everyone that Candice Glover had won. Which is actually what she went on to do.
Continue reading: Awkward: Did Aretha Franklin Already Know The 'American Idol' Result?
...Or not miming the national anthem, as we can't quite figure out whom to believe.
Either way, Beyonce's fellow celebs have weighed in on the controversy, but first, some context: The U.S. Marine Band said in a statement on Tuesday that the musical accompaniment was pre-recorded, explaining that "there was no opportunity for Ms. Knowles-Carter to rehearse with the Marine Band before the Inauguration so it was determined that a live performance by the band was ill-advised for such a high-profile event."
They then backtracked on that saying in the statement that "regarding Ms. Knowles-Carter's vocal performance, no one in the Marine Band is in a position to assess whether it was live or pre-recorded."
Continue reading: Stars Have Their Say On Beyonce Miming The National Anthem...
Beyonce's lip sync throughout the Star Spangled Banner at President Obama's inauguration ceremony had one soul legend in tears, though not tears of joy. Frankly, we're not quite sure why Aretha Franklin was having a good old giggle, but she was. "When I heard the news this evening that she was pre-recorded I really laughed. I thought it was funny because the weather down there was about 46 or 44 degrees and for most singers that is just not good singing weather," she told ABC News.
Aretha - who performed at Obama's first inauguration in 2009 - maintained that Beyonce had done "a beautiful job," despite lip-synching, saying, "When I heard that I just really cracked up. I thought it was really funny, but she did a beautiful job with the pre-record." Soul legend Aretha - known to be one of President's all-time favourite artists - said she never thought of miming when she performed My Country Tis' Of Thee four years ago, saying, "'I wanted to give people the real thing and pre-recording never crossed my mind."
The controversy concerning Beyonce's lip-syncing began when a spokesman for the Marine Corps Band (who provided the musical accompaniment for the song) said that she did not sing in real time. Hours later, a Marine spokesman backed off the claim, insisting that he didn't know one way or another.
Continue reading: Beyonce Lip Sync Has Aretha Franklin "Cracking Up" With Laughter
All eyes will be on Bruce Springsteen during Grammy’s week, as the New Jersey rocker will be the recipient of the MusiCares Person of the Year award. To celebrate the honour, a Bruce Springsteen tribute concert will take place in Los Angeles on February 8, 2013, featuring some of the biggest names in rock and pop and hosted by Jon Stewart.
The event, which is already sold out, will feature musical highlights such as Elton John, Kenny Chesney and Mumford And Sons. A whole host of musicians of varying genres and eras have been included in the line-up. Patti Smith, with whom Bruce co-wrote the hit ‘Because The Night’ will be there, as will Faith Hill, Emmylou Harris, as well as Alabama Shakes, Eddie Vedder and Neil Young. Proceeds for the concert will go to MusiCares, an organisation set up to provide support for struggling musicians in financial, medical and personal need.
The annual MusiCares Person of the Year award is attributed to a star whose artistic accomplishments are as worthy of merit as their philanthropic work. Previous winners of the award include Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, Paul McCartney and Bono.
The stars came out to pay tribute to the late American composer and conductor Marvin Hamlisch who passed away last month aged 68, with Barbara Streisand, Aretha Franklin and Liza Minelli appearing at a memorial service in tribute to the great music writer.
The BBC reports that the invite-only service was held at New York’s Juilliard School and saw Minelli perform If You Really Knew Me from the musical They’re Playing My Song whilst Franklin sung James Bond theme Nobody Does It Better. It was a fitting tribute to someone who won three Academy Awards, a Tony, four Grammys , four Emmys and a Pultizer Prize during their career.
The event was arranged by Streisand and she commented on Hamlisch's life by saying "Without explaining why or how, we understood each other’s anxieties," in reference to their shared Jewish heritage.
An audience that included Michael Douglas and Sarah Jessica Parker were treated to performances not just by three women who are among the finest voices in popular music history, but also three of Hamlisch’s closest friends, making it a wholly fitting evening. Minelli said that she’d known him since they were in their teens, whilst Franklin performed a version of the spiritual ballad Deep River in homage. The tribute also featured While I Still Have The Time - a song from his final musical, The Nutty Professor, which premiered in Nashville in August.
Aretha Franklin Thursday 8th September 2011 Jo-Wilfred Tsonga vs. Roger Federer on Day Eleven of the US Open held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, Queens The match was suspended due to the rain. New York City, USA
Date of birth
25th March, 1942
Wonderful speaking to @AmericanIdol contestants. Stay true to yourself & you'll go far. http://t.co/0vGi91DP4P #ArethaOnIdol #ArethaSings
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#IWillSurvive (The Aretha Version) is out now from my album #ArethaSings The Great Diva Classics on @iTunesMusic! http://t.co/YkBUXt7cPf
TONIGHT! Singing #IWillSurvive from my album #ArethaSings The Great Diva Classics on @AmericanIdol! @FOXTV 8/7C http://t.co/aM7scIYHXY
RT @AmericanIdol: No better way to end #idol rehearsals than to snag a photo with the Queen herself - @ArethaFranklin! http://t.co/XrAip8Wb…
Performing on tomorrow's episode of @AmericanIdol. Any guesses what I'm singing? Watch 8pm/7c on @FOXTV #MotownIdol http://t.co/6JwcbwaSNu
#BlackHistoryMonth 2015 ends tomorrow but #28daysarenotenough. Do you celebrate your heritage? http://t.co/MmYLjeXTki
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THE QUEEN is still THE QUEEN in 2015. #tbt #ArethaSings http://t.co/u3HmfAGoMW
Happy New Year!!! #ArethaSings in 2015 http://t.co/9DGhmOtLws
RT @SonyLegacyRecs: .@ArethaFranklin backstage jamming, with maracas and all, with trumpeter Maynard Ferguson http://t.co/ypNowN5AuW
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RT @billboard: Happy Birthday @TaylorSwift13! #WomenInMusic https://t.co/1rtYVRJf6m
RT @billboard: Taylor Swift, Aretha Franklin, Jessie J, and more ladies were singing each other's praises at our #WomenInMusic event http:/…
RT @RollingStone: Aretha Franklin on feminism, Beyoncé and who should star in her biopic http://t.co/GQumbKVyzf
RT @billboardbiz: Clive Davis on Billboard Women in Music Honoree Aretha Franklin: ‘There Are No Pretenders to the Throne’ http://t.co/rjDm…
RT @essencemag: Aretha Franklin to be honored with 'Billboard Women in Music' icon award. http://t.co/kTpxUEOVcN